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Federal appeals court judge resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Alex Kozinski poses for a portrait in the lobby of a Washington office building. Photo: J. David Ake / AP

Alex Kozinski, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit resigned Monday after 15 women accused him of sexual misconduct and a judicial investigation into his conduct was initiated last week, The Washington Post reports.

The statement: "I cannot be an effective judge and simultaneously fight this battle. Nor would such a battle be good for my beloved federal judiciary. And so I am making the decision to retire, effective immediately."